When I was researching softeners, I saw a lot of electromagnetic ones on the internet... without going into a detail, they are a scam.
If you want an alternative to salt you have 3 other realistic options:
1) Potassium softening
This is the way I went, it is more expensive, but the water won't kill your plants and it is supposed to be healthier for you
Pro: Most salt softeners can be used to potassium (just a longer wash cycle) which keeps the installation cost down, proven and widely used
Cons: More expensive than salt, hard to find places to buy potassium pellets
2) Citrus Softening
This works using a process called "chelation", and the main company that sells it is called NuvoH20. It does help reduce scale, however it is technically a water conditioner, and not a softener.
Pros: Doesn't need electricity, simple install, not too expensive up front
Cons: Gimmicky, questionable and unproven manufacturer testing results, expensive replacement cartridges (I think over 100$ a pop).
3) Reverse Osmosis
This is the guaranteed way to get the best water ever, however it is expensive and wastes a huge amount of water. You also need to add in minerals so it will taste decent after. Putting a system like this in a residential home is overkill and silly.
Pros: It will remove everything from your water
Cons: Stupid expensive upfront, hard to maintain, wastes a lot of water and energy, you have to buy minerals to add back into your water
Last edited by Sugarphreak on 04-19-2017 at 05:39 AM
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